Bleak House is the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly parts between March 1852 and September 1853. It is widely held to be one of Dickens’ finest and most complete novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. Dickens tells all of these both through the narrative of the novel’s heroine, Esther Summerson, and as an omniscient narrator. Memorable characters include the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, the friendly but depressive John Jarndyce and the childish Harold Skimpole. The plot concerns a long-running legal dispute (Jarndyce and Jarndyce) which has far-reaching consequences for all involved.
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August 19, 2009 Subject:
Homemade and Charming
Bleak House is a charming story full of unforgettable characters. Ms. Lyons does tend to knock her mic around a bit and stumble here and there, but as you proceed through the story you get the feeling a good friend is reading to you, rather than some distant professional. Her rendition of the characters also contributes to their charm. I was sorry the story had to end . . .